What Janay Lampkin Douglas reads

Janay is the Digital Strategy + Brand Manager at SparkPoint Studio and a She Reads editorial contributor. In addition to leading digital strategy for SparkPoint Studio’s family of brands, she has worked with clients like Amazon, Adobe, Paula’s Choice and more. Her love is deep for books, her English bulldog and her husband.


More Than Enough by Elane Welteroth

Throughout her life, Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion, shattering ceilings along the way. In this riveting and timely memoir, the groundbreaking journalist unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success through her own journey, from navigating her way as the unstoppable child of an unlikely interracial marriage in small-town California to finding herself on the frontlines of a modern movement for the next generation of change makers. Read more on Bookshop


Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Queenie Jenkins is a twenty-five-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places…including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth. Read more on Bookshop


An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The novel is about the lives of a newly married couple, Roy and Celestial, trying to live the American Dream, both at the peak of their careers. In an unfortunate turn of events, Roy is imprisoned in spite of his innocence. His only crime: being black. The two struggle to maintain their relationship as Celestial’s career takes off, while Roy commits his 12-year sentence. Read our review of the book here.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Read more on Bookshop


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